ALERT: All Pennsylvania DOT Rest Areas Closed Statewide
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has closed rest areas statewide in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“All PennDOT rest areas and welcome centers statewide will be closed to the public effective 12:01 AM Tuesday, March 17, 2020,” PennDOT said in an announcement on Monday. “These rest area and welcome center closures are in addition to those previously announced in Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester counties.”
According to PennDOT, it operates a total of 48 rest areas and welcome centers statewide.
All PennDOT District and County maintenance offices are also closed.
Additionally, PennDOT says construction projects have been suspended in all counties until further notice, but crews are available to perform critical functions and emergency maintenance as needed.
Further, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in Pennsylvania are closed for two weeks effective close of business on Monday, March 16.
Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until April 30, 2020.
PA Turnpike Commission Announces Changes Too
Also on Monday, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced that cash and credit cards will no longer be accepted at any interchange statewide.
In addition, the PTC said it would be limiting services at all service plazas.
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Truckers and Trucking Groups Express Outrage
Truckers and trucking groups are already expressing outrage over PennDOT’s rest area closures.
READ the latest reaction from around the trucking industry HERE.
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